Sports Performance Enhancement with Hydrogen Water


“Drinking hydrogen water enhances endurance and relieves psychometric fatigue: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study”.
Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 2019 Sep;97(9):857-862.
By: Toshio Mikami et al.
Endurance and fatigue were significantly improved in the H2 group as judged by maximal oxygen consumption and Borg’s scale, respectively. Taken together, drinking H2 water just before exercise exhibited anti-fatigue and endurance effects.


“Molecular Hydrogen in Sports Medicine: New Therapeutic Perspectives”.
Int J Sports Med, 2014. (human) by: S.M Ostojic.
Review focusing on the applications of hydrogen in sports injury and sports performance enhancement.


“Adequate hydration with hydrogen-rich water pre-exercise, reduced blood lactate levels and improved exercise-induced decline of muscle function.”
Aoki, K., et al.
Pilot study: “Effects of drinking hydrogen-rich water (is hydrogen water with an above average dissolved hydrogen content) on muscle fatigue caused by acute exercise in elite athletes.” Although acute exercise resulted in an increase in blood lactate levels in the subjects given regular water, oral intake of hydrogen rich water prevented an elevation of blood lactate during heavy exercise. Peak torque of subjects on regular water significantly decreased during maximal isokinetic knee extension, suggesting muscle fatigue, but peak torque of subjects on hydrogen rich water didn’t decrease at early phase.


“Drinks with alkaline negative oxidative reduction potential (H2) improve exercise performance in physically active men and women: double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial of efficacy and safety”. Ostojić, S.M., et al.
Serbian journal of sports sciences, 2011. 5(1-4): p. 83-89.


“Hydrogen-rich water affected blood alkalinity in physically active men”
Ostojic, S.M. and M.D. Stojanovic


“Molecular Hydrogen Affected Post-Exercise Recovery in Judo Athletes.”
Post-exercise lactate levels blunted in hydrogen rich water group vs. placebo.
The sports performance enhancement in a study like this is indirect, potentially leading to increased restitution and recovery times after exercise. 
Drid, Patrik et al.


Extensive review study spanning multiple fields, relating to various applications of hydrogen.

Hydrogen Water:
“Molecular hydrogen: a preventive and therapeutic medical gas for various diseases”

By Li Ge, Ming Yang et al. for:
Department of Histology and Embryology, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Taishan Medical University, Tai-an City, Shandong Province, China.
Department of Clinical Medicine, Taishan Medical University, Tai-an City, Shandong Province, China.
Key Laboratory of Atherosclerosis in Universities of Shandong, Taishan Medical University, Institute of Atherosclerosis, Taishan Medical University, Tai-an City, Shandong Province, China.
Department of medical immunology, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Taishan Medical University, Tai-an City, Shandong Province, China.nff



“The effect of deuterium depleted drinking water on the performance of sportsmen”
Györe I., Somlyai G. et al.

Hungarian Review of Sports Medicine (2005: 46/1:27-38.)
The authors saw an optimization in a host of parameters during the study period of 44 days. Twelve international-level male rowers participated in the study – 7 athletes consumed 2 L of 105 ppm DDW water for 44 days and 5 athletes drank ordinary tap water. Both groups underwent a multistage load test at the start and end of the study. Pulse-rate was continuously monitored. Acid-base parameters (pH, pCO2, pO2, HCO3, base excess), ions (Na+, K+, Cl–), blood lactate and blood glucose, as well as the anion gap were determined from capillary blood samples.

The results of drinking deuterium-depleted water with 105 ppm deuterium concentration:

  • Improved tissue oxygenation
  • Less pronounced tissue anoxia
  • Better mobilisation of glycose
  • Better utilisation of glucose; and
  • The cells showed a better metabolic compensation of the load-dependent changes in deuterium-depleted state achieved by consumption of 105 ppm DDW.

“Physiological effects of drinking water enriched with 1H2O”.
T.N. Burdeynaya et al.
Performed at P.K. Anokhin Institute of Normal Physiology of Russian Academy of Medical Science, Moscow.



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